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Plan-led system

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Introduction to the planning system in England

The planning system seeks to make sure that things get built in the right place and in suitable locations. Planning also makes sure that development and growth are sustainable and that planning decisions will not damage the environment for future generations.

The role of town and country planning is to anticipate and respond to changes in the physical and built environment through the Development Plan and the determination of planning applications.

There is just one planning system in England, but it operates on a number of levels.

Local development is influenced by legislation and national policy. The National Planning Policy Framework was published in March 2012 and updated in 2018. The Framework and associated Planning Practice Guidance constitutes Government policy.

The planning system in England requires Local Planning Authorities to prepare development plans outlining how planning will be managed for that area.

Planning decisions must be taken in accordance with the development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Most types of development need planning permission although certain changes of land/building use do not. Some minor building works -; known as permitted development - are automatically allowed. More information can be found on the Do I need planning permission page.

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Adur planning

Adur has produced a new Local Plan which is the principal document in the Adur Local Development Framework as it sets out the planning vision, strategy and policies for the Adur (outside of the South Downs National Park), See:

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Worthing planning

In April 2011 the Council adopted the Worthing Core Strategy which is the principle document in the suite of planning documents as it sets out the spatial planning strategies for the Borough up to 2026.

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South Downs National Park Authority

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The South Downs National Park Authority is currently producing its own Local Plan that will cover the entire National Park area including those parts of Adur District and Worthing Borough which lie within the National Park.

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